Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Kind - Nut Butter Filled Snack Bars - Chocolate Peanut Butter - Feb. 1, 2020

Chocolate of the Day: 

Kind LLC
Nut Butter Filled Snack Bars - Chocolate Peanut Butter
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.3 oz. (37 g.) / 5.2 oz. (148 g.) in total box/package of 4 bars 
Calories: 170 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $3.00 (sale) for 1 box/package of 4 bars
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA 

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Peanuts Theme Week; and Day #2 of Chocolate and Oats Theme Week.

Ever sense chocolate and peanut butter collided (thank you Reese's!), candy and snack bar makers have been experimenting with how to best combine these two flavors into best-selling offerings.

In recent decades power, energy and nutrition bar makers have offered chocolate and peanut in their line-ups. However, some have been heavily processed, compressed with pulverized whole grains and or protein powders. While these bars offered convenience, they haven't always resulted in appealing taste and texture.

Demand grew for bars that were easily transportable, were healthier than traditional candy bars and tasted better than early energy bars.

Some Chocolate Banquet viewers may remember write-ups of nut butter filled bars with chocolate from local San Francisco Bay Area-based Clif Bar (Emeryville, CA). Their nut butter bars have been a step in this direction.

There has also been interest in more whole foods with shorter ingredients lists of less processed items. Kind LLC (NY, NY) became successful for their bars that addressed this demand.  Kind has pioneered snack bars with a simple (short) list of relatively whole ingredients. (You can see real nuts and seeds, and many are topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate, rather than a heavy layer.)

Today's Chocolate Peanut Butter Nut Butter Filled Snack Bars from Kind is an evolution of many recent industry trends and developments.

Kind's relatively new line of nut butter filled bars combines their experience with crunchy, chewy, nut, seed and chocolate drizzled bars with whole grains* (oats) and a smooth nutty, creamy peanut butter filling. A tasty combination!

*Kind's description of their bars includes a definition of whole grains, which speaks to another reason why they've been successful: their transparency about ingredients. "A grain is considered "whole" if it contains all three parts of its original seed: the bran, germ and endosperm."

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